Welcome to Mishka’s Playground


I’m Michele Foster a quilt designer, author and teacher from Ottawa, Canada. Many of you might know me as the founder of the Quilting Gallery. I started the Quilting Gallery site in December 2007 as a way to combine my passion for quilting and my work life as a freelance web developer.

I made my first quilt around 1994 at a class in Aurora, Ontario. It was a quillow, which I gave to my parents for Christmas, or to my mom for Mother’s Day. I sure wish I knew about labelling quilts back then, as I’ve forgotten the exact details. I made a few other quilts on my own after that first class before taking a 10-year hiatus from quilting.

It wasn’t until I started the Quilting Gallery site, that my own quilting journey really took off. Since then, I have been perfecting my quilting skills, trying new techniques, experimenting, learning and coming up with what works best for me.

Since 2012, I have been teaching quilt making online with detailed photo tutorials that are available as PDF files. With my Learn to Quilt Booklets, I have taught hundreds of quilters from around the world. I have also designed and published my own quilting patterns that are available in PDF format for instant download.

Current Events

Christmas Pattern Bundle

Mini Quilt Club


My Latest Patterns

Penny Candy Mini Quilt

cobblestone mat table runner

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Free Quilt Block Tutorials

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Learn to Quilt with Craftsy Classes

Learning has never been so EASY. At Craftsy, you can take video classes from well-known, experienced teachers in the comfort of your own home. Below are two of my favourite classes:

Big Techniques Small Scraps

Next Steps with your Walking Foot

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